ZDI-07-052: Multiple Kerberos Implementations Authentication Context Stack Overflow Vulnerability Sep 12 2007 09:25PM
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ZDI-07-052: Multiple Kerberos Implementations Authentication Context
Stack Overflow Vulnerability
September 12, 2007

-- CVE ID:

-- Affected Vendor:

-- Affected Products:
MIT Kerberos krb5-1.6.2

-- TippingPoint(TM) IPS Customer Protection:
TippingPoint IPS customers have been protected against this
vulnerability since September 7, 2007 by Digital Vaccine protection
filter ID 5503. For further product information on the TippingPoint IPS:


-- Vulnerability Details:
This vulnerability allows remote attackers to execute arbitrary code on
vulnerable installations of MIT Kerberos. Authentication is not
required to exploit this vulnerability.

The specific flaw exists in the svcauth_gss_validate() function. By
sending a large authentication context over RPC, a stack based buffer
overflow occurs, resulting in a situation allowing for remote code

The vulnerable line of the function is:
memcpy((caddr_t)buf, oa->oa_base, oa->oa_length);

If 128 < oa->oa_length < 400, the exploitable situation occurs. Over
400 bytes is caught during a separate check for MAX_AUTH_SIZE earlier
in the RPC packet decoding process.

-- Vendor Response:
MIT has issued an update to correct this vulnerability. More details can
be found at:


-- Disclosure Timeline:
2007.07.20 - Vulnerability reported to vendor
2007.09.07 - Digital Vaccine released to TippingPoint customers
2007.09.07 - Coordinated public release of advisory

-- Credit:
This vulnerability was discovered by Tenable Network Security.

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3Com does not re-sell the vulnerability details or any exploit code.
Instead, upon notifying the affected product vendor, 3Com provides its
customers with zero day protection through its intrusion prevention
technology. Explicit details regarding the specifics of the
vulnerability are not exposed to any parties until an official vendor
patch is publicly available. Furthermore, with the altruistic aim of
helping to secure a broader user base, 3Com provides this vulnerability
information confidentially to security vendors (including competitors)
who have a vulnerability protection or mitigation product.

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